According to the new chair of a House select committee on China, the Chinese government allegedly sells the highly addictive drug TikTok to Americans.
TikTok is the name of the app. “Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, a Republican, has termed social media “digital fentanyl” because of its “highly addictive and lethal character” and the “alarming facts about the destructive impact of chronic social media usage, particularly on young men and women here in America.”
In essence, the Chinese Communist Party created TikTok.” He proceeded, using his previous words as a guide. According to Gallagher, the video app should be outlawed by the US government.
An internal notice addressed to House employees states that TikTok is not permitted to be utilized on electronic devices under the jurisdiction of the US House of Representatives. China is the owner of ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok.
Separately, the US government would ban TikTok from being used on any devices used for official business as part of the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill that President Joe Biden approved last week.
The measure was done in response to recent limitations imposed by more than a dozen jurisdictions on the use of TikTok on equipment controlled by the government.
The company said that Gallagher’s comments have “zero truth” in a statement. The company claims that neither ByteDance nor TikTok are directly or indirectly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.
Aspirational, according to Gallagher. He thinks that as TikTok gets more popular, usage must be restricted. It is up to us to decide if we want the CCP in the leadership of the rapidly growing American media sector.
Gallagher stated that the United States should “extend that limitation nationally” and backed the ban on TikTok on equipment that is held by the government.
Rumor has it that the business has disabled a number of accounts for providing politically sensitive material to the Chinese authorities, including images of mass detention facilities in the western province of Xinjiang.
The US State Department estimates that up to 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been held in detention facilities.
TikTok has been mentioned as a potential national security issue by US politicians, who fear that it might be used as a route for devious influence operations or that Chinese authorities may demand that they hand over data about US people that is stored on the app.
By such data, China may be able to spot chances for intelligence gathering or target Americans with deceitful propaganda.
There is no proof that this actually happened, despite the business last month acknowledging firing four workers for unlawfully accessing the TikTok user data of two journalists.
However, TikTok has hundreds of millions of downloads in the US and is a hugely effective social media platform that has assisted many online entrepreneurs in creating their own brands and earning a living. TikTok may have become unstoppable as its popularity has soared.